The Amaranth Enchantment
by Julie Berry
When she was just five years old, Lucinda lost her parents in a tragic accident. Told that they were penniless debtors, instead of the wealthy merchant she always thought her father to be, Lucinda is forced to live with her uncle and his bitter second wife to work off the debt.
Ten years later, Lucinda is still working. But events have occurred to change her life when she meets the Amaranth Witch, the heir to the throne, and a pickpocket all in the same day.
Now she's got to make a deal with the witch and learn to steal from the heir with tips from the pickpocket. And she's got to do it quickly.
Because the witch isn't the most dangerous person out there and he's coming their way.
Final thoughts: I love fairy tale re-tellings and this one is a really good new version of Cinderella. It's just close enough to be familiar, but still gives quite a few new twists. A fun read.